LB Symphony Goes Sci-Fi with Music of John Williams

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LB Symphony Pops! Concert John WilliamsGet ready for a blockbuster evening of music when the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra continues its 2010-2011 “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s POPS!” season on Saturday, January 15, 2011 with “The Music of John Williams” featuring Principal POPS! Conductor Steven Reineke and songs from William’s hit Hollywood films.

Superstar conductor and composer John Williams is legendary for creating memorable motion picture soundtracks that have captivated the hearts of moviegoers around the world. During a career that has spanned six decades, Williams has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of motion pictures, including those for Jaws, the Star Wars Saga, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Home Alone, and three Harry Potter films.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra will perform a night of William’s blockbuster hits including selections from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and more. Imperial Stormtroopers from the Southern California Garrison of the 501st Legion will be in the audience and may join the fun onstage.

In addition to his many film credits, other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, the NBC Nightly News, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, and the television series “Lost in Space.” Williams has also composed numerous classical concerti, and he served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993; he is now the orchestra’s conductor laureate.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards, and 21 Grammy Awards. With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated person, after Walt Disney. John Williams was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

Join the “Party at the POPS!” with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. The floor of the Long Beach Arena is adorned with 300 beautifully decorated tables of 10, so bring your friends or make new ones. Come early and bring your favorite foods and beverages of choice, or ask us about having your table catered. It’s Southern California’s biggest indoor musical picnic!

The Music of John Williams” starts at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. Tickets begin at $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.

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